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DWF conducted a public survey and participated in a panel discussion on the issue at the recent Conservative Party Conference.
The European Commission's decision to fine Google €2.42 billion for breach of EU competition law is significant for Google – but also exposes failings in the Commission's processes.
The European Commission has announced a series of changes to EU State aid exemptions, recognising the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The headline change is the extension of multiple existing exemptions, in some cases until 2023.
UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has announced over £5bn worth of projects, which together with a taskforce named “Project Speed” are intended to bring the UK out of the COVID-19 pandemic by putting infrastructure at the heart of the recovery plan and in so doing, building back better, greener and faster.
With the Health Secretary's announcement on Monday night of the first local lockdown in the UK, more information is available regarding how a local lockdown will occur, but it has raised questions about the legal measures underpinning lockdowns and local support measures which may be required as a result. Our team has put together a list of FAQs setting out the detail known so far.
The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act (the Act) came into force on 26 June and includes measures to help struggling UK companies to react and adapt to the impact of COVID-19 on businesses and the economy. This article considers how the Act affects termination clauses in contracts for the supply of goods and services.
On the 29 June 2020, there was welcome news for many organisations which have previously been rejected from obtaining public funding due to the inclusion of the "undertaking in difficulty" test in the State aid Temporary Framework, which has meant that those not satisfying this test as at the end of December 2019 were excluded from support.
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused significant financial strain on local authorities. As a result, finance directors are increasingly considering issuing s114 notices amid extensive budget shortfalls. On 11 June 2020, the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accounting announced that its s114 guidance to Chief Financial Officers has been temporarily modified, allowing councils more time to consider alternative options, in attempt to avoid disruptive action during the COVID-19 crisis.
Next month (on 24 July), new regulations regarding the control of acquisitions of Polish companies by entities outside the EU, EEA and OECD come into force. The control will apply to acquisitions of shares giving min. 20% of votes in entities considered key to maintaining safety, order and public health. Lack of notification of the planned acquisition will be subject to severe sanctions (fine up to PLN 50 million or imprisonment from 6 months to 5 years).
Project Birch is the UK Government's new emergency assistance plan under which public funding shall be made available to strategically important, large companies across all sectors in the UK with the objective of ensuring these survive the financial damage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. It is reported that the UK Government is close to agreeing a deal with Tata Steel to help preserve up to 8,000 jobs. If confirmed, then this would be Government's first "Project Birch" intervention that has been made public.
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